We are adopting two adorable girls who have a little something extra, Down Syndrome!
We are excited to add them to our family.
We will use this blog to update family and friends on our adoption progress and fundraising efforts.
Just joining us? Click on the 2011 posts in the archive to find out why we are adopting the girls.

Day 1 of Gotcha Trip

Today was our first day back in Novosibirsk.  Things went VERY WELL. Most importantly, we encountered no problems at the passport office and the girls' passports are supposed to be done Wed morning as previously planned!  We get to pick the girls tomorrow!!

My dear and wonderful friend Melinda is traveling with me this trip so that Kevin could stay home with the kids.  Today Melinda and I decided to brave the frigid air and take a stroll through town.  We stopped at a lovely cafe for lunch, went shopping in the tunnels under Lenin square (I bought presents for my kids if they are good! as well as a beautiful angora hat for me) and were delightfully surprised to discover that the park next to Lenin square was full of gorgeous and amazing ice scultures.  They were huge and truly works of art.


  1. Kelly,
    I am so happy to hear that things went well! I can't wait to see pictures.

  2. Yay!! I'm so glad the passports are on schedule and there were no problems with them!! I'm excited for you to get those sweet girls and for them to leave with you this time!! Hope all keeps going smoothly!!

  3. We are sooo excited for you!!! We are checking the blog WAY to often to see how things are going...can't wait for the pictures! Doubt you'll have much time to post much once you've got the girls, but we are dying to hear all about it!

  4. Hello!
    I just happened upon your blog and am very excited for your family..I'm in Idaho and am dreaming of a little boy in Novosibirsk (sp)listed on the Reeses Rainbow site. When you get home and are settled with your new little ones I would love to talk with you about it all. Maybe you saw my baby????;)
    You can e-mail me at cookielee43@hotmail.com
    Be safe traveling!
    Kendra Ross

  5. I hope there is a happy reason you haven't been able to update the blog. We are just sitting on the edge of our seats .... wanting to know, did you get the girls, how did the "getting" go? How are the girls doing? Are you guys exhausted? Just know we are still praying with hopeful hearts!!!!

    Love you guys!!!

  6. Happy for all of you! God's greatest blessings on each & every one of you!